Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil
The above photo was taken at the Rivercane Rendezvous, Cherokee Farms Spring Gathering and posted at the website of Aaron Wolf, acwolf.com and Wolf tells of his experience at this Earth-Skills Training:
The 25th Rivercane anniversary attracted about 250 participants making this years gathering the largest in the the organizations history. Darry Wood described the first ever Rivercane gathering as “5 guys standing around a dead deer” (for more history see the Earthskills website).
Here’s a bit more detail about the Earth Skills Rendezvous:
Our program focus is daily top quality instruction in dozens of ancestral and heritage primitive skills such as matchless fire making, edible and medicinal plants, stone tool creation and use, ancient weaponry and basket making, just to name a few. Since 1985 our camps have been a place where new friendships are forged, old friendships refined, and the empowering knowledge of pioneer, survival, native and traditional primitive skills is shared. Past participants have become proficient in skills that have helped them redefine life goals and directions as well as broaden their knowledge of sustainable life ways, connection to nature, and the power of community. After a full day of hands on instruction, evening programs give you the opportunity to join in the revival of the great oral tradition of storytelling around the council fire, or the option to pull up a chair in any of the many camps where homegrown and traditional Appalachian music is played, or the opportunity to answer the call of the drum and dance around the fire under a star filled sky. Striving for cooperation, generosity of spirit, tolerance and harmonious relationships, we welcome the skills, art, music and culture of all human ethnicities.
October 5-10 Cherokee Farms hosts it’s yearly Fall Rendezvous. For registration go here.